Australian Council on Children and the Media

Creature Garden - Tinybop

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Creature Garden is a sandbox style game in which the player can make various creatures. It is suitable for ages 4+ with parental guidance. Caution: access to online store and developer’s advertising.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Creature Garden was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 January 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Creature Garden
Developed by: Tinybop
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4 +
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with Parental guidance (access to online store and developer advertising).
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Creature Garden contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer spent several hours playing all the different elements of this app.

App description

Creature Garden is a sandbox style game in which the player can create his/her own creature using a wide choice of legs/flippers, heads, tails, mouths, ears, etc. The body shape is hatched from an egg so it’s always a surprise. The player can then have fun with their creatures in various environments: on land, underwater or in the air. They can race their creatures, feed them and even cross breed them.

The player is required to interact with the app by tapping on objects and moving them about on the screen, therefore some fine motor skills are required. This app will develop creativity skills and give children the opportunity to explore imaginary worlds.

Reviewers comments

Creature Garden is a fun and easy open-ended game for young children to play. It is number six in Tinybop’s series of imaginary world apps. There is endless scope for children to use their imagination creating and playing with their own creatures in different environments.

There are no in-app purchases or advertising within the game. There is an ad that appears on opening the app which is to direct the user to the developer’s website and further apps made by them. This is the only place parents would need to use some caution to prevent their child gaining online access. There is no need for the Internet to be connected to play this game and it is recommended that it be turned off.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

  • There is an advert for the developer’s website on the start-up screen. When tapped on this goes directly to the download page for further apps.

Gambling

  • At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • The developer advertises its own website and apps which are available by simply tapping on the ad.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • None noted.

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